On April 1st 2001, a Russian television station reported the discovery of a spring in the Caucasus mountains which was said to cure male baldness.
The tv clip showed ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures of a local man from the region of Adygeya who made the ‘discovery’. In a serious tone the reporter said, “According to the latest statistics, the number of bald men in Adygeya has plummeted”.
But the report turned out to be a hoax on its nation. Russia Public TV was not the first to television programme run an April Fools on a cure for hair loss. In 1977, BBC’s Nationwide ran a report about a well located on James Coatsworth’s farm in Rothbury, Northumberland. The water that springs from this well was said to have power to make bald men grow hair.
In 1994 Russian newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets reported that Mikhail Gorbachev had volunteered to test a revolutionary new anti-baldness spray. He was said to have grown a new head of hair that covered his famous birthmark on his forehead. The article showed a photo of Gorbachev on a trip to South Korea sporting his new, curly-locked look. The photo turned out to be a hoax for April Fools Day.
While it’s good to see the world’s media bringing a smile to peoples faces with their inventive jokes, the reality is that there are ways to prevent baldness. And it doesn’t involve traveling to a well in some far-flung place. It’s a little easier than that. There are two hair loss treatments for men that have undergone clinical trials and shown to be effective in combating hair loss. Minoxidil and Propecia are the only two products that have been licensed for use by the MHRA and ‘FDA-approved’ for the treatment of hair loss in the UK and the USA respectively.
If you are noticing thinning hair or bald patches, the Belgravia Centre offers free consultations to discuss your suitability for a hair loss treatment programme. To book an appointment, please call 020 7730 6666 or message the clinic. Alternatively, if you would prefer a consultation via the website, please complete the online diagnostic form.